MV’s Snyrychova hurdles to gold at regionals

Marmaton Valley's Kristyna Snyrychova brought home a pair of gold medals in thrilling fashion Thursday at the Class 1A Regional Track Meet. She headlines a crop of area athletes headed to next week's state meet in Wichita.

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May 21, 2021 - 12:25 PM

Marmaton Valley High’s Kristyna Snyrychova, right, is neck and neck with Hanover’s Ceegan Atkins at Thursday’s Class 1A Regional 100-meter hurdles final. Snyrychova defeated Atkins by .08 seconds to win gold. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

BURLINGTON — With their races held in a perpetual rinse cycle, Marmaton Valley High’s Kristyna Snyrychova and Hanover’s Ceegan Atkins put forth a pair of red-hot performances on the track Thursday.

It was Snyrychova who shined brightest, claiming Class 1A Regional titles in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles races, edging out the Hanover speedster at the finish line in both.

Athletes such as Southern Coffey County High’s Ross Snovelle, center, had to deal with rain for much of the day Thursday at the Class 1A Regional in Burlington. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

With the victories, Snyrychova qualifies to represent Marmaton Valley in next week’s Class 1A State Track Meet in Wichita.

Despite the rain, Snyrychova also reset the Marmaton Valley 100-meter hurdles record — twice. Her mark in the preliminary round of 16.18 seconds bettered her old record she had set last week, Smith said. 

Then, she lowered it even more in Thursday’s finals to 15.92 seconds.

Marmaton Valley’s Janae Granere lands in a soggy sand pit in the girls’s long jump. Below at left, Wade Gleue throws for Southern Coffey County in the discus.Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Snyrychova will be joined in Wichita with teammate Janae Granere, who qualified with her second-place finishes in both the long jump and triple jump. Granere’s long jump mark of 16 feet, 7.5 inches, came up a quarter-inch short of Blue Valley’s Landry Zoeller.

The Wildcat coaches lauded both Snyrychova and Granere for their work in miserable weather conditions. A steady rain pelted athletes up until the final hour of the day, with organizers halting the proceedings twice when the rains made it unsafe to compete.

“This was one of the toughest regionals around,” Marmaton Valley assistant coach Dan Uhlrich said. “For them to be first and second, if they put a good week of practice in, they’ve got a chance to do something next week at state. They’ve got a shot, not to just be on the medal stand, but be at the top of the medal stand.”

Crest High’s Ursula Billings runs alongside Hanover’s Michelle Zarybnicky in the girls 1600-meter run at Thursday’s Class 1A Regional Track Meet in Burlington. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

They’ll be joined in Wichita next Saturday by Crest High’s Ursula Billings and Southern Coffey County High’s Aiden Voorhees, both of whom qualified in two events.

Billings, a long-distance specialist, qualified courtesy of her second-place finish in the 3200-meter run and fourth in the 1600-meter run.

Meanwhile, Voorhees placed third in the boys’ high jump and fourth in the boys’ triple jump.

The top four finishers in each event all qualify for the state meet.

Crest freshman Mia Coleman missed out on making it  to state in the girls’ 200-meter dash by .02 seconds. For persective’s sake, it takes a tenth of a second to blink your eye. 

Coleman finished fifth in the 200, at 29.26 seconds. Kanyon Olberding of Jackson Heights finished fourth in 29.24.

Crest High’s Mia Coleman, left, runs in the girls’ 100-meter dash at Thursday’s Class 1A Regional Track Meet. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

MARMATON Valley head coach Steve Smith said his athletes have made an impact on their teammates in their brief time on the track team. Snyrychova is an exchange student in her first year at MV; Granere is an incoming freshman.

“Kristyna’s work ethic and attitude have been tremendous,” Smith said. “They both work hard, and they’re always supporting their teammates.”

“Janae’s so young, if she continues to work hard, she’ll only improve,” Uhlrich added. “It’s exciting to see. I’m excited for them.”

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